Nowadays people laugh when they see photos of the giant mainframe computers of the 1950s and ‘60s. But the hardware of 20 or even 10 years ago is now starting to be laughable. As equipment gets sleeker and data migrates to the cloud, machines that used to seem miraculous are causing myriad pain points to businesses. Here are some of the everyday annoyances that computers, servers, routers, software and all the rest of your in-house IT infrastructure increasingly cause – and ways that moving to the cloud can provide relief.
1. Technological obsolescence, part 1: Bleeding money
Businesses are bleeding money as they try to keep up with equipment that’s built to last no more than a few years. But data centers operate using economies of scale. By spreading out the workloads of multiple companies, they provide clients with cutting-edge infrastructure, while keeping costs lower than buying all that hardware and software yourself. Read more about why your business should never invest in hardware IT infrastructure again.
2. Technological obsolescence, part 2: Bleeding time
IT folks are generally way overworked. And all that new equipment takes time to set up, explain, maintain and update. IT infrasctucture services can help your existing IT department make better use of their time and your resources.
3. Security problems: Did we remember to lock the office door?
Many office workers have had the experience of accidentally leaving a door, window or file cabinet unlocked. Depending on the sensitivity of your data, this could cause heart palpitations. Contrast this with trying to enter a professional data center. For example, at CoreSpace’s Dallas data center, you’d have to pass through a barbed wire perimeter fence, show a photo ID, satisfy biometric scanners and face our 24/7 staff. If you’re not legit, you don’t get in. Is your office that secure? Read more about CoreSpace and our commitment to security here.
4. Cloud access: I forgot to take a document home!
Traditional IT structures have limited access. If you forgot to email a document to yourself or secure it on a flash drive, you might need to head back to the office to pick it up. With cloud computing, you can access your data 24/7, from anywhere.
5. Energy usage: “Is your company green?”
Customers want to know whether you're environmentally concious or not. Those bulky old servers in the corner of your office are using a lot of energy, even when idle. When you move your data to the cloud, you’re benefiting from a data center’s economy of scale for electricity use.
6. Cash flow surprises: We have to replace this as soon as possible.
Hardware has a way of self-destructing at the least convenient times. This month you have more unpaid than paid invoices. Now is not the time to buy a server! But buy you must. Instead, if you use a colocation center to house your data, you’d have a predictable monthly charge.
7. No IT infrastrucure support: Is the server down again?
You need it now! Too bad. The IT guy has to come in and fix things, and he’s not answering his phone. But if you contract with CoreSpace, you’ll enjoy 24/7 staffing and monitoring of the data center and your uptime.
8. Security issues: What will those hackers think up next?
Another time suck for your IT department is keeping up with data breaches and regulations. Colocation centers have layers of virtual security, and the know-how to keep your data safe. At CoreSpace, we’re on top of every virus, malware or other threat before it can strike us.
9. Natural disasters: I heard there's a hurricane coming...
Hurry up, everybody! Grab the backups, load up those flash drives. If your data was in the cloud, you wouldn’t have to worry about that last minute backup as the winds howl and the sky darkens.
10. Capacity issues: Servers = space hogs
More business means more data and eventually more hardware taking up valuable office space. Pretty soon, there’s hardly room for a potted plant in your office! Storing data offsite gives your business the chance to grow quickly without having to move into a new building.
If you’ve had enough of these IT pain points, call CoreSpace today to learn more about our IT infastructure services. We’ll protect your data like it’s our own, freeing up your office’s time and resources to focus on what you do best, and leaving the IT support to the experts.